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  • Northern Front Range: Site to view animals

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Butterfly Pavilion: Spread your wings with more than 1,600 butterflies — and sea creatures and Rosie the tarantula — at this animal education center in Westminster, the first stand-alone zoo of its type in the nation, founded to foster appreciation of the planet’s invertebrates. More...

  • Northern Front Range: Watering hole in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Left Hand Brewing: This Longmont brewer was the first to bottle a nitrogen beer without using a widget. If you’re a beer geek, you know just how big a deal that is. Visit the brewery’s tasting room to sample suds straight from the source. More info: lefthandbrewing.

  • Northern Front Range: Historic spot in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave: Stop by the legendary beer town of Golden to raise a glass to the legendary American whose Wild West show encapsulated and defined the Frontier Age. True West magazine’s museum of the year for 2010 is open daily through October. More info: buffalobill.

  • Eastern Plains: Site to view animals

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Wild Animal Sanctuary: This 720-acre sanctuary in Keenesburg is the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit focusing exclusively on the rescue of captive endangered and exotic large carnivores, providing a home for more than 290 lions, tigers, bears, mountain lions, and other animals....

  • Eastern Plains: Historic spot in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site: Built in 1833 as a trading hub for native tribes, trappers and settlers, the site was the only major permanent white settlement on the Sante Fe Trail for 16 years until its destruction in 1849. Take a tour of the reconstructed post in La Junta....

  • Eastern Plains: View for a postcard in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Welcome to Colorful Colorado sign: Hours before the Front Range can be spied rising like Olympus above the Serengeti on the distant horizon, this iconic sign and the Colorado Welcome Center at Burlington provide inspiration for drivers traveling west from Kansas along flat Interstate...

  • Elk Mountain Range: Site to view animals

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Children’s Nature Center: This is the only place in the region where you can see more than 120 exotic creatures, including a 13-foot python, poison dart frogs and stingrays, in naturalistic habitats. The center is open daily in Fruita. More info: thechildrensnaturecenter.

  • Elk Mountain Range: Watering hole in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Meadery of the Rockies: You don’t have to be at a Renaissance festival to enjoy the honeyed goodness of mead, a fermented mixture of honey and water that’s fueled many a “Huzzah.” Stop by the tasting room at Meadery of the Rockies, open daily in Palisade. More info: meaderyoftherockies.

  • Elk Mountain Range: Historic spot in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Ute Indian Museum: The indigenous inhabitants of the Great Basin region once spread from Colorado to Utah, and even inspired the latter’s state name. This museum in Montrose is home to the most extensive collection of Ute artifacts in the nation. Seasonal hours vary, so check the...

  • Elk Mountain Range: Two views for postcards in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Maroon Bells: Motor access to this iconic spot is limited and a bus tour is your best bet. Despite the remote location and an ominous moniker — “Deadly Bells,” meant as a warning to climbers of the two fourteeners — Maroon Bells in Aspen is purportedly the “most photographed view in the...

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